The Last Mile

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Memories can be a real killer

Melvin Mars awaits his fate on Death Row. He was one of America's most promising football stars until, aged twenty-years-old, he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his parents just as he was due to begin a very lucrative contract with the NFL.

When Amos Decker, newly appointed special agent with the FBI, hears the news that Melvin was saved in the final seconds before his execution because someone has confessed to the killings, he persuades his boss to allow him to carry out an investigation into the Mars murders.

There are facts about the case which don't add up, and as the investigation deepens, Decker and his team uncover layer upon layer of lies and deception which are rooted at a time in American history which most would rather forget, but some seem keen to remember.

There is someone out there with a lot to hide, and a secret that everyone is looking for. A race against time ensues because, when revealed, that information threatens to tear apart the corridors of power at the very highest level.

The case proves to be life-changing for both Mars and Decker in ways that neither could ever have imagined.

It's big, bold and almost impossible to put down . . . Decker is one of the most unusual detectives any novelist has dreamed up . . . I called this novel a master class on the bestseller because of its fast-moving narrative, the originality of its hero and its irresistible plot . . . Highly entertaining
Washington Post
David Baldacci has written another thriller that will have readers engaged from the first page . . . Baldacci is a master storyteller . . . Memory Man works because Amos Decker is an amazing character. Reading how Decker journeys from hitting rock bottom to finding ultimate redemption is nothing short of rewarding
Associated Press
Perennial bestseller Baldacci unveils an offbeat hero with an unusual skill set and tragic past who takes on the evil mastermind behind a devastating school shooting . . . [Decker] proves a quirky, original antihero with a definite method to his madness . . . Readers will want to see Decker back on the printed page again and again
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About David Baldacci

David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, and have been adapted for both feature film and television. Whilst researching his novels, David Baldacci has been inside the buildings of some of the world's leading intelligence agencies, meeting real-life spies and intelligence leaders. Some of his bestselling novels include Absolute Power, The Camel Club and, also featuring Amos Decker, Memory Man. David is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation®, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. David is still a resident of his native Virginia.

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Books by David Baldacci

The Width of the World
The Width of the World
No Man's Land
No Man's Land
The Christmas Train
The Christmas Train
Absolute Power
Absolute Power
The Guilty
The Guilty
Memory Man
Memory Man
Saving Faith
Saving Faith
The Winner
The Winner
Total Control
Total Control
True Blue
True Blue
The Keeper
The Keeper
The Escape
The Escape
The Camel Club
The Camel Club
Stone Cold
Stone Cold
The Target
The Target
The Finisher
The Finisher
Bullseye
Bullseye
King and Maxwell
King and Maxwell
Split Second
Split Second
Hour Game
Hour Game
Simple Genius
Simple Genius
The Forgotten
The Forgotten
The Hit
The Hit
The Innocent
The Innocent
Zero Day
Zero Day
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
The Sixth Man
The Sixth Man
The Simple Truth
The Simple Truth
One Summer
One Summer
The Collectors
The Collectors
No Time Left (Short Reads)
No Time Left (Short Reads)
Hell's Corner
Hell's Corner
The Whole Truth
The Whole Truth
First Family
First Family
Divine Justice
Divine Justice
Wish You Well
Wish You Well

Books in the Series

Memory Man
Memory Man

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Quick-fire round with David Baldacci

Quick-fire round with David Baldacci

17 April 2013

By Pan Macmillan

"How long does it take you to write a novel?""About eight million light years, or so it seems. In earth time about seven months."

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Five of the best David Baldacci audio books

Five of the best David Baldacci audio books

18 April 2015

By Pan Macmillan

David Baldacci's bestselling novels, including Absolute Power and Memory Man are available on audiobook. Here are some of our favourites.

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